Texas Wesleyan University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding its students with disabilities. Texas Wesleyan University also complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and does not discriminate against students on the basis of gender. It is the policy of Texas Wesleyan University that no student shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the University solely on the basis of her/his disability or gender.
The University shall provide, upon request, academic adjustments for students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. An academic adjustment is defined by this policy as any reasonable accommodation for a student’s disability as required by federal regulations.
If a student with a disability requires an adjustment, the student must present relevant, verifiable, professional documentation or assessment reports, confirming the existence of the disability, to the Director of Disability Services for review. The student should submit the Online Request for Accommodations to begin the process. Students will have the option to meet face-to-face or to work with the office via official University electronic means (e.g., University email, communication through Blackboard, or by telephone). See contact information below. Further documentation may be required to confirm the disability claim or to assist the University in determining the appropriate academic adjustment. An interview with the Director may be required for this purpose. Following its review, the Director will reach a determination regarding the existence of the disability for purposes of providing an academic adjustment. Information concerning a student's disability will be treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policy as well as applicable federal and state law.
The student will be informed of the Director’s determination within 15 calendar days. If the determination confirms the existence of a disability requiring an academic adjustment, the student may meet with the Director to explore possible adjustments.
A letter describing the adjustment the University will provide the student will be issued to the student within 15 calendar days after the formal request, and all documentation is received. The student will have the responsibility of delivering the letter to, and conferring with, her or his professors concerning the implementation of the adjustment. If the academic adjustment is not provided or followed as outlined, the student shall report the matter to the Director within 15 calendar days.
To allow adequate time to evaluate the data properly and notify the parties involved, the following cut-off dates for application shall apply:
Fall: Nov. 15
Spring: April 1
If the Director does not confirm the disability or the need for an academic adjustment, the student may challenge the determination by following the procedures outlined below.
This policy applies to students with disabilities as defined by Section 504 and the ADA. A person is disabled if she or he:
Physical or mental impairments that fall within discrimination prohibitions include:
Physical or mental impairments include (but are not limited to) such diseases and conditions as orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental retardation, emotional illness, and drug addiction and alcoholism. It does not include current or illegal substance abuse.
Major life activities include functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, thinking, concentrating, reading, interacting with others, learning and working.
A student who has followed the procedures identified in this policy and does not agree with the determination of academic adjustment, and who has a mental or physical impairment as defined above, may file a grievance by using the “Student Grievance Procedures” policy listed on the following page.
In compliance with the Office of Civil Rights, the names and office locations, including phone numbers, of Texas Wesleyan University’s coordinator of civil rights compliance efforts is as follows:
Dr. Michael Ellison, Director Disability Services
3110 E Rosedale Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
3110 E Rosedale Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Email, Website and Phone:
Definition and Scope:
Note: The following grievance procedure applies to disability complaints. All other complaints regarding discrimination or harassment must be referred to the Unified Harassment and Discrimination Policy (see page 101.)
Scope: Any student or group who believes that a violation of Section 504 or the ADA has occurred may file a grievance alleging any action that constitutes a violation of these laws.
School of Arts & Letters School of Health Professions
Dr. Mark Hanshaw Dr. Heidi Taylor
School of Business School of Education
Dr. Hector Quintanilla Dr. Carlos Martinez
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Dr. Ricardo E. Rodriguez
As part of the written appeal, the student will be granted, upon request, an opportunity to meet with the committee for the purpose of presenting relevant information.
All students were claiming a math disability are required to take the mathematics placement examination. Those not qualified to enroll in either intermediate or college algebra should enroll in MAT 0300, Beginning Algebra, and complete the requirements of that course.
Students who claim a mathematics disability must immediately consult with the Director of Disability Services. To claim disability, students must present documentation according to the Texas Wesleyan University Learning Disability Policy. Until the Director determines that a bona fide mathematics disability exists, the students must comply with the standard mathematics requirement of the University.